In case you missed it: The 2015 Video Music Awards

In case you missed it, MTV held their 32nd annual Video Music Awards and it was… well an award show. Or was it? Between all the bizarre moments, crazy outfits, confusing performances, and hostess Miley Cyrus, it was hard to focus on the fact there were actual categories and awards to be passed out. But in true MTV fashion, the show gunned for controversy and kept millions glued to the TV. Here are some things people are still buzzing about:

Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift at peace?

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 30: Recording artists Taylor Swift (L) and Nicki Minaj perform onstage during the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on August 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift team up for performance. (Photo courtesy of Flickr Commons)

Or at least it seemed that way. Opening up the show, Minaj graced the stage with a highly energetic, tribal inspired performance of “Trini Dem Girls” and “The Night Is Still Young”. But it was a mid-performance guest that shocked viewers. Crashing the stage, Swift joined Minaj, both singing a snippet of  the hit song “Bad Blood”. For those that may recall, Swift and Minaj tore the nation apart during their Twitter feud over the summer.  Upon release of the VMA nominations, Minaj vented on social media her frustration of discrimination in showbiz and how “other” artist received praise for thier works, overshadowing others. Swift took offence to the tweets, and the war began. Whether you were #TeamNicki or #TeamTaylor in the debate, there is no denying that the “make up” session seemed all too convenient and highly staged. Good one MTV.

Nicki Minaj and Miley Cyrus beef?

(Photo courtesy of MTV)

Nicki Minaj calls out Miley Cyrus during awards. (Photo courtesy of MTV)

Who knew these two were at war? Turns out that recently, Cyrus voiced her opinion on the Minaj and Swift debacle, saying that Minaj’s behavior during the feud was uncontrolled and unnecessary. Upset, Minaj made sure to call Cyrus out on the situation in front of everyone. “And now back to this b— that had a lot to say about me the other day in the press,” Minaj snapped while accepting her award for Best Hip-Hop video. Cyrus tried to explain herself, but honestly, Minaj won that battle. 

Miley Cyrus and her antics


Miley Cyrus enters on a rainbow. (Gif courtesy of MTV)

Cyrus is just about the most eccentric host the VMAs have ever had. With several costume changes and a surprise performance from the new album “Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz”, the VMAs was truly a a night of questioning Cyrus’s sanity.

An emotional Justin Bieber


Justin Bieber breaks down after performance. (Gif courtesy of MTV)

Rocking what many coined as Kate Gosling hair, Bieber showcased his dance moves during his performance of “Where Are U Now” and “What Do You Mean”. But it was the end of the performance that had viewers questioning: what exactly does Bieber mean? Capping his performance with a Peter Pan inspired flight across stage, the Biebs suddenly broke down and started crying. Why the sudden tears? The world may never know.

Miley’s epic selfie


Stars take selfie at VMAs. (Photo courtesy of Instagram)

During the show’s events, the Instagram-obsessed host pulled out a selfie stick and captured a selfie meant to reign over selfies everywhere. In the picture you can spot UK artist Rita Ora, Mr. and Mrs. Frankenstein, and the selfie queen herself, Kim Kardashian. Beat that Ellen Degeneres.  

Tori Kelly


Tori Kelly greets audience as she performs single. (Photo courtesy of CNN)

Amidst all the chaos, it was Kelly who reminded viewers that aside from  flashy costumes and pyrotechnics, the key to a great performance is sheer talent. Although a relative newcomer, Kelly showcased the strongest vocal performance of the night, slaying her single “Should’ve Been Us”.

Kanye West joining politics?


Kanye West accepting the Video Vanguard Award. (Photo courtesy of Twitter)

And last but certainly not least, West still has people talking about last night’s show. From being caught catching a nap to actually cracking a smile a few times, Mr. West had his fair share of unforgettable moments during the awards. Receiving the Michael Jackson Video Vangaurd Award, West was honored for his decade worth of vision and artistry in the music world. And fitting to the occasion, it was Swift herself who this time handed the award to the rapper. But honors and awards aside, it was what West said after that stunned the crowd. His lengthy acceptance speech covered fatherhood, defending artistry, the hypocrisy of media, the ridiculousness of award shows, and even smoking a little something before getting up on stage. But the best part of this rant, would have to be West announcing his run for presidency in 2020 and casually dropping the mic. From music, to fashion, and now politics, it seems like there is nothing that Yezzy can’t do. Swift said it best when she noted that West has had the best career of all time.

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Chelsea Anderson is the Blog Editor for CisternYard News. She is a senior studying Communication at the College. Her journalistic journey began in high school while working with WTGR news. On any given day, you can find her watching soap operas, Keeping Up with the Kardashians or taking an intriguing Buzzfeed quiz.

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